IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1201: Anglo-Saxon Riddles, II: Riddling Nature, Riddling Gender

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The Riddle Ages
Organisers:Megan Cavell, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 1201-aOf Wolves and Women: An Ecofeminist Reading of Some Exeter Book Riddles and Short Poems
(Language: English)
Megan Cavell, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Women's Studies
Paper 1201-bGender as Hyperobject in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Heide Estes, Department of English, Monmouth University, New York
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Women's Studies
Paper 1201-cNature, Women, and the Heroic Culture of the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Corinne Dale, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Women's Studies
Abstract

The papers in session II explore the Othering of the natural world through ecocritical readings informed by feminist scholarship and theory. Thus, Cavell examines the depiction of predation, (non-)humanity and gender in several enigmatic poems from the Exeter Book; Estes analyses gender in the Old English riddles through the lens of object-oriented ontology; and Dale addresses the place of both women and the natural world in the heroic ethos of the Exeter Book riddles.